Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) | Southern Tier Brewing Company

Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale)Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale)
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Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale)Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale)

Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by John on 02-24-2006

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Ratings: 3,075 |  Reviews: 1,225
Photo of Seanibus
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy copper with a very dense head. Aroma is soapy and sweet, with a nice hop sting. The flavor is strong and sweet, with a powerful blast of brown sugar and some limey hops. The bitterness comes in low and inside, like a sneaky citrus punch. The alcohol is sharp and strong, like vodka. The mouthfeel is slick and thick.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden tinged brown color, clean and clear with a nice cap of off-white head. Decent retention and minimal sticky lacing. Scent is a muddled combination of carmel, earthy and floral hops with a background of light grapefruit, pine and citrus. First taste is a rather bitter bite of hops - earthy, floral are dominant with pine and citrus in the rear. Strong toffee, carmel and bready malt backbone, slightly sweet. Fuller side of medium body, oily and thick, minimal bitter aftertaste. A good dIPA that leans more towards the malty sweet end and the hops are slightly muddled.

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Photo of rootbeerman
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into allagash tulip

A: pours light brown with dark tan half finger head
S: strong floral and earthy hops, sweet malt.
T: sweet malt, just a little bready earthy floral hops along with a light lemon citrus.
M: sort of thick, smooth medium carbonation.
D: good smooth and easy, went good with my steak dinner.

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Photo of pootz
3.62/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


Pours an amber orange with an off-white cap...fair retention.

Nose is of caramel malt sweetness under grapefruit hops, some mustiness.

Flavor profile has chewy bready malts balanced with resinous hops but there are some pit fruit esters to make some light complexity;grape fruit , citrus rinds, some earthyness,,,gets bitter mid palate but this drops off in the finish.

Decent double IPA, I'm of the view this style is over worked and it takes a goo DIPA to keep me interested....this one lost me halfway through the bottle.

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Photo of cvaypai
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber to new belgium globe glass.

Appearance - Poured with a fluffy, foamy, offwhite slightly brown 2 finger head. Leaves a beautiful lacing down the sides of the glass and the head lasts a good amount. Pours a translucent orangey-amber with beautiful golds when held up to light.

Smell - I can smell this from feet away, very aromatic and pungent. Smells very resionous and fruity, some grapefruit. Lots of pine come through also. A tiny bit of sweet malts can be found, along with a tiny whiff of alcohol. Again very pungent and resiny.

Taste - Very delicious, very bitter and lots of pine. Like the nose indicated very resiny. Some fruity flavors can be found, not as much as I would have though. Has a grassy and earthy taste. Ironic because of the name. Maybe a chase of rye and a bit of sweet caramel malts.

Mouthfeel - Very sticky, this one simply has a great mouthfeel. Superb for the style, just the right weight, it doesn't seem thin or thick, just right. The carbonation is right where it should be. It's sticky yet smooth, very odd.

Drinkability - This bomber will be gone in no time. Extremely drinkable, especially for a cooler night like tonight. I could probably attempt a second bomber, it would be a feat due to the stickyness, but the one will be no challenge.

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Photo of Quej
4.56/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer looks like an innocent pale ale, and is anything but. As soon as the bottle is opened a massively hoppy smell finds your nose. The strength of the beer is hidden well by its bitterness and the aromatic hops. It has a malty taste that supports the heavy hop usage and makes it dangerously drinkable for a beer in its alcohol range. At 20$ a bottle, it's almost worth it. Another great offering from Southern Tier.

It's called Un-earthly, and it is.

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Photo of jpittman80
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Slightly hazy dark copper, two fingers of off-white head that leaves good lacing. Typical of the wheat and Carapils.

S - Pineapple, mango, apricot, piney hops balance with the carapils aroma.

T - Robust caramel malt character that sits behind the tropical characteristics listed above. Some pine flavor. Good amount of bitterness. All in all, good balance.

M - Smooth medium body with soft carbonation. A dry finish and a little astringency.

D - Well, I can't really detect any alcohol, it drinks really fast, and it's delicious. The only thing is that some people may think it's too sweet.

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Photo of LittleCreature
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - 3.5
Thin, light beige head quickly disappeared over a hazy deep, rusty amber body.

Smell - 4.5
Hop juice with a spoonful of caramel. Aromas of sweet fumey alcohol, rich caramel, marmalade, apricot, pine needles and a little mint.

Taste - 4.0
Big, hoppy and strongly alcholic. Caramel sweetness is heavy, but more than compensated by the pine, stewed fruit, citrus peel and mint from the hops. Very bitter but well balanced overall with warming alcohol.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Fine carbonation, full bodied and quite syrupy which I will forgive in such a big beer.

Drinkability - 4.0
I could drink two in a sitting no problem and I'd enjoy it too!

This is a BIG DIPA. I tend to prefer something nearer 9% and more attenuated, but for what it is, this is a very nice beer.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a clear orange color with a large off-white head. The aroma is strong citrus hops. The flavor is citrus hops with some pine in there as well. There is a nice bready malt backbone. Medium bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

I have now had Unearthly, Hoppe and Gemini and liked Gemini the best of all of them, even though it is a 50-50 blend of the other two.

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Photo of billshmeinke
3.18/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a "fluted" glass as the bottle recommends (in this case a white wine glass).

One finger white head. Amber with some honey in color. Spotty foam resides to a ring of foam around the glass with a patch in the middle. Head tightness and retention are good.

Smells of honey and toffee. Floral hops, mint and zesty citrus.

Taste is of honey, toffee, bitter resin, dank, and zest. Hops come through as mostly floral, there is spearmint in there as well. Nice bitterness, but pretty malt forward.

Fairly thick and full bodied. Tight aggressive carbonation. Big hop bite on the end.

A solid east coast DIPA. Hard to get through a bottle.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.77/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Again the only way to enjoy ST around here is to find it cheap on tap. Paid 5.50 for a 10oz pour.
A - Light amber in color with an inch of stick white head.
S - Ow wow the glorious citrus and grapefruit hops tickle the nose with a malty backbone.
T - OMG was the best imperial IPA I ever had! This stuff would be a nightmare if you had a couple of bombers but it went down way too quick and for a big hoppy beer it was really balance. Loved every drop.
M - Dry but drinkable this brew was the perfect texture.
D - Must... have... more before the keg taps out I hope to have it again at Smoking Joe's but maybe I will drop 10-11 dollars on a bottle. It's that damn good.

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Photo of Vincenzo839
4.67/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was really amazing. I originally had it in a 22oz. bottle and was extremely impressed, but then got a keg for my home kegerator and it is even better. For starters let's start with the alcohol. It is almost not noticeable until you have 3 pints, and you are finding it difficult to think clearly.

The taste is nothing short of spectacular. Strong, leafy hop flavors almost overpower my senses. A slightly fruity bitterness explodes from the start and lasts until the end of each pint. Toasty malt underlies the massive hop assault. A juicy bitterness and tonnes of hop aroma make for a never ending finish. Another pleasant suprise is the lack of head that comes out with every pint, maximum of 1 finger.

All in all I say that this beer is remarkable. I am anxiously waiting for the local store to get the Iniquity, Big Red and new Farmers Tan. I need to add them all to my kegerator ASAP.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.56/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bomber courtesy of malthegal thanx again mallory

A: poured a nice caramel hue into my tulip with a half finger of head which had some good sticky lacing.

S: nice sweet malts up front with candy notes and slight faint hops. after a couple whiffs I also get a little caramel in it as well.

T: nice piney caramel flavor but it seems to me that it's more malty than it is hoppy, I got slight bitterness at the back end of a sip. As it sits it starts to get more bitter.

M: meduim body with very little carbonation.

D: I think if it was fresh it would probably have more of a hoppy punch. I was hoping for a hop bomb but I guess we only have them on the west coast.

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Photo of scottyb88
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-pours a dark clear copper color with a lot of carbonation and a huge rocky off-white head that never disappeared; great lacing

S-a little hard to detect at times but I got a lot of pine, oak, and a faint smell of peach or tangerine

T-very similar to the smell; the oak was more predominant than I was expecting; I wonder what the oak-aged version would be like; not as citrusy as other DIPAs, more on the pine-malt side of things

M-tongue bruiser up front with a malty earthiness at the end that left your mouth very drry

D-650ml at 11% will leave you a bit light-headed; its quite powerful but also quite good; a definite sipper, but also a great price at around $6.99 for a 650ml bottle

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Photo of jlindros
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A light fluffy 1 finger head forms over hazy orange honey colored beer.

N: Lots of chewy hops with sweet chewy malts. A little citrus and tangerine, somewhat heavy on the hops and sweet malts, but not over the top yet.

T: Lots of sweet chewy malts here, with more chewy citrus hops. Semi bitter with some spicy hops as well. Very sweet with a nougat like taste even. Way too sweet for me, as usual from Southern Tier. A slight floral hop flavor too.

M: Medium to light body with lower carbonation.

F: Bitter with a long astringent flavor that's not as pleasant as it was on the initial taste. Lots of lingering sweet malts, some nougat, citrus hops and a little pine, orange peel too. Long sweetness and astringent hops. A touch of warming booze on the finish as well.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, presumably mid-late April 2010. Labeled @ 11% ABV.

Pours slightly hazy orange/amber/copper with a light-orange head that is foamy and leaves some lacing.

Aroma is citrus, pine, earth, grass, some spiciness, some bread, quite strong with good complexity.

Flavor is bitter, resinous hops, earth, pine, light citrus, spice, with a good caramel malt backbone, moderate sweetness, but bitterness dominates, big and biting. Alcohol is quite present as well and adds to the biting finish. Starts to get awfully boozy and brash toward the last third of the bottle.

Mouthfeel is full, sticky, medium carbonation.

This is my first Southern Tier beer after wanting to try them for quite some time. A good example of the style, although too much booze knocks off a couple of tenths.

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Photo of wedgie9
3.62/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted from a 650mL bottle. Pours a clear orange amber with a one finger white head that quickly dissipates leaving some lacing. There isn't a whole lot going on with the nose. Some light malt with a light lemon and grapefruit citrus. On the palate, this beer is much more exciting. On the front of the palate, it tastes dangerously hoppy, but that quickly fades to show a very balanced IPA. There are some biscuit flavors, with just a hint of sweetness. The back of the palate is dominated by citrus rind notes. The carbonation is average, with an oily and coating palate and a long lasting bitter finish. This beer is very good. With how balanced this beer is, I would have never guessed that the alcohol would be so high. I would love to drink this beer again.

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Photo of ToasterChef
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I just picked this up at RSVP in Portland, ME. It's my first Southern Tier purchase since they began distribution in Maine. The bottle was warm, so I chilled it in the fridge for about 20-30 minutes before pouring it into my Smuttynose Big Beer Series goblet. The beer pours out with a big tan foam head. Some carbonation is rising in the liquid, which is translucent and has a beautiful rusty orange hue. Swirling the beer leaves a decent amount of lacework. This is a very pretty beer; nearly perfect for the style. The aroma is magnificent. Big, bready hops fill my nose. There is also some pine and malt sweetness. This smells like a hearty beer. The flavor begins with some light grassy hops as soon as the beer touches my lips. Big, artisanal bread malts make up the backbone of the beer; they appear next. On top of the malts are chunky, bitter hops. When I swallow, I can pick up a bit of the alcohol and a lot of bitterness. It is hot, sharp, and in your face. I like it a lot. There is hardly any sweetness, which is equally surprising and impressive. This is pretty full-bodied beer. It leaves a noticeable coat, but not as much as many beers that use the "Imperial" qualifier. There is average carbonation and some stickiness on my lips. The bitter oils can really be felt on my tongue. For a strong, hoppy beer, this is pretty drinkable. I wouldn't order round after round of Unearthly, but I certainly won't have any problems finishing all 22 ounces by myself. I'm really enjoying this brew. I think it offers great evidence that top DIPAs do not have to come from the Pacific time zone--us folks back east can work our hop magic as well. I'll certainly purchase this beer again.

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Photo of sk8man121
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into goblet.

A: Pours a bourbon-colored hue of orange with little to no head. Beautiful clarity to this beer. Similar in looks to DFH 90 Minute. Very nice.

S: Grapefruit, pine and faint spearmint fill the nose. Extremely refreshing smell, but surprisingly not very powerful.

M: VERY bitter as soon as it hits the palette. At first I thought it was too much, but as this beer warms a malty sweetness comes through and balances out the act. Alcohol is definitely present but drinks more like an 8% brew than the 11% that the bottle totes.

M: Silky, sticky, resiny - you get the idea. Carbonation is medium to low; it would be nice if it was a bit stronger, but it does help the malts come through. The bitter stickiness that this brew leaves behind is a bit distracting and not entirely enjoyable.

D: All in all, a pretty good beer. Bitter, yet nicely balanced. It certainly drinks as if it is far below 11%, but I'm not sure I'd want to quaff more than a bottle of this at a time.

Doesn't quite measure up to Iniquity, but a solid brew nonetheless.

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Photo of avalon07
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had an amber color and a clear texture. There was a quarter inch of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Excellent lacing.

S: A nice aroma of citrus, hops, sweet malt, and sugars.

T: Well-rounded taste of hops, grapefruit, caramel, and malt. A very sharp, vibrant flavor.

M: Lots of carbonation with a somewhat slick finish. Medium-bodied, never particularly heavy.

D: This is one of the more drinkable Imperial IPAs I've tried as of late.

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Photo of Casey10
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a nice stong beer and again welcome to maine as I got this as a new beer to Maine from Wholefoods in Portland, ME

A - Sweet one finger head a nice copper yellow body.

S - Sweet apricots and a nice grapefuit smell.

T - Carmel and citrus come to mind with the taste of this nice.

M - Nice feel not to be forgotten.

D - It's 10% rated withing reason.

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Photo of nickfl
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - One finger of off-white head resting on top of a slightly hazy, amber-brown body. The foam settles relatively quickly but leaves nice lace.

S - Pine hops with lots of sweet malt. Bready notes as well as light caramel and big toffee notes that darken the hop character and bring out rummy spic-cake notes.

T - Equal parts sweet malt and resinous hops up front. Lots of toffee and caramel with a hint of molasses. The hop character is primarily grapefruit with notes of pine and orange that blend well with the malt. Finishes with big, sweet notes of malt as well as strong hop bitterness. Lingering toffee and brown sugar notes that combine with the hops to produce a plum and brandy/tobacco note that lingers on the palate.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - This is quite a nice beer with a good balance of thick, velvety malt and resinous hops, the only flaw I see is that it isn't a DIPA. Someone should really point out to Southern Tier that they have clearly created an American Barleywine in this beer; and a good one at that, The rich, sweet brown malt characteristics blend magnificently with the moderately powerful hop character and each aspect changes and enhances the other. This juxtaposition and mutual transformation is quite pleasant, though it clearly gives the beer more commonalities with great Barleywines than it has with high quality DIPAs. Seek it out, just be prepared to get something a bit different than what the name implies.

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Photo of jdense
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into De 'Prouf Brouwery flute 5.2.10.

One finger white head, medium-slow dissipation a very long lasting head, significant lacing. Orange amber body, a bit hazy, modicum of carbonation rising from bottom of glass. Pretty complex nose, citrus, pine, good malt backbone bread and some sweetness. Taste is hop forward primarily citrus, but overall well balanced with the bready/sweetish malts. Full mouthfeel, good effervescence. A pretty wicked kick at the ABV more of a sipper than a quaffer, but overall a really good DIPA. Well worth seeking out for fans of the style.

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Photo of Gosox8787
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 oz. bomber bottle poured into my snifter glass. Served at a little lower than room temperature.

Appearance: Clear reddish orange in color. one finger beige and pillowy head with almost no retention. Recedes into absolutely no head.

Aroma: Astrigent citrus notes are strong upfront. The malt backobone is really aromoatic. Rye and some pale malt notes also stick out. Nicely balanced.

Taste: Strong, clean citrus notes. Bitter toward the end, but overall more sweet than most IPAs. The strong malt backbone, especially the rye, give this good balance. Rye gives a bit of spice and the pale malt gives a nice smooth finish.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and very smooth. A little bit of carbonation, but overall not that crisp for an IPA.

Drinkability: Despite the ABV, this is reall easy to drtink. The bitterness does not really get in the way much. Hard to imagine having more than one though.

Overall, a pleasant IPA with a nice rye backbone. More sweet than bitter and very full bodied. A nice twist on a big IPA. The spice of the rye really sticks out for me.

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Photo of Cs1987
3.87/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Amber-red, cloudy, small head.

Smell - A fair bit of sweet amber malt odour with a combination of summer fruits.

Taste - Lots of grapefruit and passionfruit bitterness, balanced with earthy malts. Pretty much no sweetness upfront. Alcohol well hidden.

Mouthfeel - Fairly heavy, but smooth. Low carbonation.

Drinkability - Pretty good for the style.

Overall - Very good, like most American IPAs, but not quite up with the best. Probably significantly better when fresh.

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Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 84.7% out of 100 with 3,075 ratings
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